First Cutting Board #2: Final Glue Up

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Blog entry by Szczuldo posted 11-17-2010 04:46 PM 1654 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Initial Design Part 2 of First Cutting Board series Part 3: Pre-finish »

Well like all things, the final design has changed from my initial plans. I got access to a very nice 30” belt sander so smoothing the initial cuts was no issue. The oak in this board is from old wood flooring so the back had ridges that needed to be flattened out.

The glue is a bit messy but that’ll be cleaned up. As you can see I had some burning issues, from the look of it probably due to the way I setup to do these cuts. I did what I could with the grain, I did not have an option on how to glue the walnut, we’ll see what will be revealed after this is cleaned up though.

This is how it looked before the glue up, it was just over 0.5” thick, I liked how the walnut and oak looked. Hopefully it’ll look as good once I clean the board up.

The board dimensions as of now are 10” x 15.5” x 1.5”. I wanted to make it wider but ran out of floor boards. Without my own jointer, i decided against the walnut border going completely around.

Now that i know I have access to a production shop with some outstanding tools I can expand my future project ideas. This will be a good crutch until I get myself set-up completely.

Thursday I plan to get the end grain sanded flat, route the finger holds and begin the process of finishing it. Wherein lie some questions. What should i be wiping the mineral oil on with and also what is a good way to get the sides. The top and bottom are simple as i just pour it on and spread it out until it soaks in, however i cannot really do this with the sides.

I am also considering putting rubber feet to protect it from standing in water and because there is a couple of knots on one side.. Just wish i had more time to be working in the “shop.”

-- -Alexei

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#1 posted 11-17-2010 10:04 PM

You done good. It will be nice to see the next installment.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 11-18-2010 04:41 AM

Soaking the board is best or you could lay the block in a cookie sheet and let it soak in a shallow layer of mineral oil and keep adding oil till it stops absorbing and flip the board over. If you have a lot of mineral oil just soak the whole board for a couple of days and keep checking to see if it is still soaking or is “filled”. If you don’t have a lot of mineral oil you can use your hands to rub the oil on the board, it won’t hurt your hands but will do wonders for your skin! Ask me how I know. My wife will vouch for that!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 11-18-2010 04:50 AM

I thought about just soaking it, but don’t think I have enough mineral oil on hand to do that. I have no problem buying more of course. One question, i see no reason why it cannot be poured back into a container and used again later, but is there some reason why i shouldn’t?

-- -Alexei

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